Asphaltenes in bitumen are characterized by their solubility in aromatic solvents and their ability to precipitate in n-alkane solvents. This insolubility is what makes asphaltenes a concern for the Heavy Oil industry. Crude oil stability during storage and transport can cause significant problems throughout the storage and transportation life cycle.

Heavy Oil requires the addition of diluent such as natural gas condensate or naphtha to facilitate pipeline transportation.  Diluents can be highly paraffinic, making the diluted bitumen unstable if introduced without consideration. Our customers look to us to measure asphaltenes in bitumen and stability in bitumen blends as well as to find innovative solutions for oil compatibility and blending to optimize process efficiencies and cost savings